Originally Posted by moorethanenuff
FINALLY LOL! Please post ASAP your impression of before vs after modification hp...final $ total and would you recommend this custom turbo over a ddm supercharger kit or Ls conversion. Thanks and nice job following this project all the way through from start to finish.
I spent just a touch over $3,000 for everything. I keep an excel file of every penny spent, where I spent it, and the date. Shoot me a PM with your Email and I'll send you the Excel file.
However, that includes $1000 for a TIG welder, so really if you have a friend that can weld for you or even pay someone to weld the aluminum for you then you could do the same for only $2k. (a Harbor freight flux core MIG is only $100 or you could get a chinese TIG that will do stainless but not aluminum for $3-500). I also purchased the magnaflow used for $300 which doesn't have to be purchased, you could make your own exhaust for cheaper or just run an open dump.
You could also use mild steel for the intercooler piping and downpipe instead of aluminum and stainless like I did to keep the costs down as well.
Because it's not fully tuned I can't beat on it yet but I can assure you it'll be a night and day difference.
If you don't have fab skills or have never undertaken a project like this it might be better to buy a kit where everything already fits and is made to work together. I easily have 80 hours of my time into this project and I've built a few other turbo setups before. I thought it would be much easier than it was.
Eventually my plan is to do a LSX swap but with all the work that went into this I'm hoping to keep this setup a couple years first.